15 Dec 2020

Recognising rising stars

It’s always good to hear about individuals who have managed to hit the ground running when starting out on their translation or interpreting career.

It can be a very challenging time – getting your first clients, setting up your business systems, or for those working in-house, getting used to a new organisation and becoming an integral part of the team.

2020 held particular challenges in terms of getting work during a pandemic that has shaken up the business environment, and with most communication switching to online.

For that reason, objectives may have had to change in 2020 and key achievements take a different form from what was originally intended, but we still definitely want to hear about them.

Sarah Bowyer, winner of the ITI Best newcomer - freelancing award in 2020

Our 2020 winner in the Best Newcomer – Freelancing category was Sarah Bowyer.

Sarah overcame challenges to develop her new career, going from no work to working full-time within her first three months as a freelance translator. She translated 500,000+ source words in 2019, gaining rewarding work in specialist areas (law and sport). She built a network, and made professional contributions (articles and webinars) and a significant CPD commitment.

Sarah has really kept the momentum going in even more recent times, becoming one of the tutors on ITI’s Setting Up as a Freelance Translator programme, and presenting a session at the Institute’s recent Christmas Hamper event.

Speaking of her experience of winning the ITI Award, Sarah says:

‘Even making the awards submission was a helpful exercise. I'm constantly thinking about how I can do better, so it was rewarding to reflect on how far I'd come since starting out. To win the award was a great confidence boost and the recognition is another differentiator for my business in a competitive market. I even got some good press coverage in my local newspaper. It was also fantastic to have something to celebrate in a very depressing year! I was particularly touched by how many kind messages of congratulations I received, which made me feel connected and realise what a welcoming, friendly and professional community we have.’

Greg Hyne, winner of the ITI Best newcomer - employee of a corporate member award in 2020

Our winner of the Best Newcomer – Corporate Member award was Greg Hyne. Greg is a project manager and linguist working for Surrey Translation Bureau. He was recognised for providing excellent customer service and readily supporting his colleagues. At this early stage in his career, he had already been given sole responsibility for one of Surrey Translation Bureau' largest clients, approved to complete translations alongside his PM duties, and appointed STB’s sole representative at Elia’s 2019 PM event – ND focus.

Greg describes what the event meant to him:

It really does mean so much to be welcomed into the translation industry like this by th ITI. I think it’s safe to say this wouldn’t have been possible without everyone at STB’s willingness to help me at every step of the way. So, I just want to once again say a big thank you to everyone for your help and the trust you have put in me! I also wanted to thank all of our clients and freelancers who have made the past two years at STB so interesting and enjoyable. Here’s to many more years!”

So are you proud of what you have achieved in 2020, even though you perhaps had to change your plans considerably? Or is there someone working in your team who you feel should be recognised?

Then take a look at the more detailed information about entering for the ITI awards.